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Organization Development, MAOD

Offered in: CHICAGO

With changes in globalization, information technology, and managerial innovation, organizations need professionals to build systems to support and improve both people and performance in the workplace. Professionals in organization development help build adaptable organizations while advancing employee capabilities to achieve higher levels of success. The MA in Organization Development helps students develop expertise in the theories and practices of organization development, a systematic approach to improving productivity and competence in organizational settings. Students will complete ten required courses and two electives to form a foundation of knowledge that will prepare them to assess organizational and individual needs, identify and implement solutions, and generate support.

Classes are taught by industry leaders, who use analytical and creative approaches in a highly energizing, constructivist format that are mapped to Association for Talent Development (ATD,formerly ASTD) competencies, so you are assured of gaining relevant knowledge and skills that transfer immediately in the workplace.


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited institution and an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A written statement of academic and professional goals is required.


A total of 12 courses (36 credit hours) are required to complete the degree.

After completing all required courses, students are required to complete a master's portfolio. The master's portfolio allows students to demonstrate their competency through reflection and assessment of previously completed projects as well as enhance their materials for professional presentation.

Core classes

  TRDV 400 Introduction to Training and Development .....3
  TRDV 420 Career Development in Organizations .....3
  TRDV 423 Team Building and Leadership Skills .....3
  TRDV 424 Consulting Tools and Techniques .....3
  TRDV 433 Managing Organizational Change .....3
  TRDV 434 Evaluation Research Methods .....3
  TRDV 435 Organization Development .....3
  TRDV 441 Human Performance Improvement .....3
  TRDV 445 Executive Coaching .....3
  TRDV 499 Master’s Portfolio Project .....3

Electives (choose two)

  TRDV 411 Instructional Methods and Delivery .....3
  TRDV 422 Adult Learning Theory and Application .....3
  TRDV 425 Project Management .....3
  TRDV 427 Organization Analysis and Design .....3
  TRDV 428 Workplace Diversity .....3
  TRDV 429 Program Planning and Development .....3
  TRDV 431 Global Training .....3
  TRDV 432 Organizational Learning Strategies .....3
  TRDV 437 Creativity in the Workplace .....3
  TRDV 438 Blended Learning Solutions .....3
  TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Authoring-1 .....3
  TRDV 450 Learning Technologies .....3
  TRDV 451 Instructional Systems Design-1 .....3
  TRDV 452 Designing and Facilitating for the Virtual Classroom .....3
  TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring-2 .....3
  TRDV 455 Facilitation Skills .....3
  TRDV 470 Instructional Systems Design-2 .....3
  TRDV 501 Online Teaching Theory and Application .....3
  TRDV 502 Technologies for Online Teaching .....3
  TRDV 509 Seminar and Practice in Online Teaching .....3

A student who has not completed a portfolio or other final project must maintain continued registration during subsequent semesters until completion of the project by registering for the appropriate zero-credit course (course number followed by "Y"). Students who have not maintained continuous registration for thesis or other final project will be required to register for all intervening fall and spring semesters prior to graduation.